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Posted by Tim on Nov 19, 2010
Eleven Photos From South Africa

We journeyed to South Africa not quite knowing what to expect, not entirely sure what we would find when we got there. In part this was because of the family history I have there, and all the emotions I have wrapped up in the rainbow nation as a result. In part this was because of the country's tumultuous recent past, which we knew could make it a challenging place to visit on an emotional level. And in part this was because, as a result of everything we'd been reading and everyone we'd been talking to, we were a bit concerned about our personal safety... more so than we've been on any of our travels in a very long, long time.

In the end, though, we needn't have ever worried. South Africa is an amazing, vibrant, and most of all an extraordinarily welcoming place. We never once felt the slightest bit unsafe – in fact, I don't think we've ever before felt so marvelously well looked-after. Complete strangers went out of their way on so many occasions to make sure we were okay, or to help us get to our destination. It's such an amazing place.

We came back home with our bags packed full of stories to share. We spent some very special time with some of my family in Johannesburg, and we adopted (and were adopted by) another family outside of Rustenburg. We met so many wonderful people, and made so many new friends. We hiked across mountains and walked along beaches, we baked in the African sun and were baptized by the rain. We did indeed find South Africa to be challenging on an emotional level, as we'd expected it would be. But in the end that made us love it all the more. We shed many a tear when we departed, but we made promises to return.

For now, we'd like to share a few of our favorite photos from a place that's captured our hearts like few before it ever had. And we can't wait to tell you all about it.

'Hiking through the Silaka Nature Reserve in the Eastern Cape

'Rumbling through downtown Jozi in a minibus taxi

'The Indian Ocean beckons...

'Rainhill Farm, at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountains

'A fairytale landscape, where the river meets the sea

'Hiking through the mountains with some four-legged friends

'Walking barefoot along the Wild Coast

'Xhosa rondavels in the afternoon sun

'Wading through the rocky shoals

'Sunrise over the rainbow nation

'In loving memory of my great-grandparents

November 19, 2010 at 12:29pm
these pictures are gorgeous! can't wait to hear about your trip!
November 19, 2010 at 1:57pm
Thanks, guys! We can't wait to tell you all about it! :)
November 19, 2010 at 2:45pm
You went to the Farm! Really lovely pics. I also didn't want to leave this amazing place…

Much love xo

November 19, 2010 at 7:58pm
Hi Dodi!

Yeah, we just fell in love with the farm. And I know what you mean – it took a huge effort on our parts to tear ourselves away from it. We could have easily spent the entire trip there. :)

November 19, 2010 at 9:06pm
picturesque doesn't begin to describe these… each one is more beautiful than the next. i look forward to hearing more. <3
November 20, 2010 at 4:59pm
Aw shucks, Shana, thanks! We are very much looking forward to telling you more, I can promise you that! :)
November 21, 2010 at 1:51am
Very nice :D
The location of the McGregor grave indeed looks like Dennis' grave in "Out of Africa"
November 21, 2010 at 5:01pm
Hi Klaus! :)

We miss you guys so, so much! Those few hours we all spent together in Frankfurt were just magical, and we can't wait to be able to spend a bit more time in each other's company next year!

Sheila Faryman
November 22, 2010 at 5:27pm
November 22, 2010 at 7:01pm
Thanks, lady! The three of you will have to go there with us someday. :)
November 23, 2010 at 3:52am
Now we must hear the story of Frank and Eleanor.
November 23, 2010 at 5:02pm
Hi Janet!

Indeed you must. In fact, there's a fairly decent chance that the tale of Frank and Eleanor will be told within the next few posts… ;)

November 24, 2010 at 11:51pm
Stunning photos! It makes me miss South Africa all over again. I really think it is going to be one of my favorite places we've visited. I haven't had internet, and I was wondering how your trip was going. Can't wait to hear more!
November 25, 2010 at 5:03pm
Hi Amy! :)

Yeah, it really is an amazing place, isn't it? We had been so enjoying reading all about your adventures there when we were planning our trip, and can't wait to share some of our own with you! :)

December 20, 2010 at 10:49pm
You went to Bulungula!
December 21, 2010 at 8:08am
We did! I was wondering if any Bulungula fans would notice the photos! :)

(And actually, your guys' stories are one of the main reasons we went there! When I was looking it up online, your stories were the first ones we came across.) :)

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